Urgency

More people want to walk and bicycle for everyday transportation.  There is an interest in more urban living and access to public spaces and informal community interaction.

Peak Driving has quietly come and gone — driving rates reached their highest levels in 2005 and have been dropping steadily since, down 9% and that’s just the beginning.

In study after study Millenials are reported to believe they can live well without a car, with 30% of young people not bothering to get a driver’s license and not interested in owning a car.

This trend is increasing regardless of economic health and gas prices.

More Information

  • While the Economy Grows, Americans Continue to Drive Less.  Per capita driving has been on the wane for nearly nine years and now stands at 9.3 percent below the 2005 peak.  The steady decline in the driving rate means that even as population increases, total motor vehicle travel has inched upward just 0.2 percent between March 2013 and March 2014. For five years, total driving has essentially flatlined.  Unfortunately, state departments of transportation, for the most part, are still forecasting the imminent return of rising mileage.  They’ve been wrong about that for a long time now.
  • In 2011, the percentage of 16-to-24 year olds with driver’s licenses dipped to another new low. Just over two-thirds of these young Americans (67 percent) were licensed to drive in 2011.  – Streetsblog.org, March 2013.  As Youth Driver Licensing Dips Again, A Focus on the Millennials
  • “…last year, Bill Ford, executive chairman of the Ford Motor Company, laid out a business plan for a world in which personal vehicle ownership is impractical or undesirable. He proposed partnering with the telecommunications industry to create cities in which “pedestrian, bicycle, private cars, commercial and public transportation traffic are woven into a connected network to save time, conserve resources, lower emissions and improve safety.”  – The New York Times, June 2013.  The End of Car Culture
  •  Put together, these two studies from Sivak suggest that Americans are now driving fewer vehicles than we used to, but also that we’re driving each of those vehicles less. “This is an important finding of a double reduction,” Sivak writes, “because one does not necessarily lead to the other.”  – The Atlantic Cities, July 2013:   Yet More Evidence of Peak Car
  • Special Series:  Why Millennials Are Ditching Cars And Redefining Ownership; Cars In America: Is The Love Story Over?; Teens Use Twitter To Thumb Rides; To Attract Millennials, Automakers Look To Smartphones.  – NPR, August 2013. Millenials and The Changing Car Culture

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